This week on the show: DC shakes things up again, a rabbit with a sword, and a poll of the week, that literally dials in. Plus, your comments!

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NEWS
DC cancels six, orders six, reassigns Rob Liefeld, and changes it’s logo.
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REVIEWS
Stephen
Amazing Spider-Man #677
Writer: Mark Waid
Pencillers: Emma Rios
Colorist: Javier Rodriguez
Letterer: Joe Caramanga
Editor: Stephn Wacker
Publisher: Marvel
Cover Price: $3.99
Spider-Man and Daredevil team up – Part One! – When Black Cat is arrested, Matt Murdock is the only lawyer who will touch her (her case… we mean). – The next great love triangle of the Marvel Universe begins!

Rating: ★★★★☆

Rodrigo
Political Power: Mitt Romney
Writer: Marc Shapiro
Artist: Jed Mickle and Chris Hall
Mitt Romney is smart, principled and he knows how to crunch numbers which is why the Republican party sees him as the Great White Hope in the 2012 presidential election. How Mitt Romney got to frontrunner status on the political right is the subject of Bluewater Productions “Political Power: Mitt Romney”.  Smart is sexy.

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Matthew
Battle Scars #3
Writer: Cullen Bunn, Matt Fraction, Christopher Yost
Pencils: Scot Eaton
Publisher: Marvel
Cover Price: $2.99
Deadpool joins the hunt for Marcus Johnson while the greatest secret in the Marvel Universe begins to unravel. Plus, Taskmaster knows more than he’s saying–and Marcus Johnson wants answers!

Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Major Spoilers Poll of the Week
Over the years, there have been a number of heroes who have received their powers through some magical device.  Few have had devices that actually allowed them have multiple powers, or even completely different powers depending on the situation. Which bring us to Ben Tennyson and Robby Reed.  Both heroes, both with gizmos that allow them to literally dial in the hero/power they want.
Two kids. Two devices. One championship belt.
DIAL H FOR HERO

Dial H for Hero is a comic book feature published by DC Comics about a mysterious dial that enables an ordinary person to become a superhero for a short time, by selecting the letters H-E-R-O in order. Each time it is used, the dial causes its possessor to become a superhero with a different name, costume, and powers. These superheroes are usually new, but on one occasion the dial caused its user to become a duplicate of an existing superhero, Plastic Man. Some versions of the dial contain additional letters, allowing other kinds of transformations.

BEN 10

The franchise is about a boy who acquires a watch-like alien device called the Omnitrix (later the Ultimatrix) attached to his wrist that allows him to turn into alien creatures. In April 2008, Ben 10 (the original television series) was succeeded by Ben 10: Alien Force, which itself was succeeded in April 2010 by Ben 10: Ultimate Alien.

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Discussion:
Usagi Yojimbo Book 6 – Circles
Circles features the graphic-novel-length epic title story, in which Usagi returns to his native village only to find everything very different indeed. (The discovery that his mentor, whom he thought dead, is actually alive and kicking is only the first of the shocks that await him.) “Circles” is an epic adventure, a love story, and one of the most affecting Usagi stories ever. In addition to the 80-page “Circles,” this volume includes “The Bridge,” “The Duel,” and the hard-to-find “The Tangled Skein” from Critters #38. Jam-packed with lethal sword battles alternating with humor, horror, suspense and slapstick, this beautifully crafted and exciting volume (with an introduction by Jeff Smith creator of Bone) is both an excellent starting point for new readers, and an absolute necessity for Usagi completists. Black-and-white comics throughout.
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12 Comments

  1. January 18, 2012 at 3:23 am — Reply

    Yea! It’s my birthday and you talk about the favorite comic of my childhood :)
    Haven’t listent to the show yet @work.

  2. Jorgos
    January 18, 2012 at 3:43 am — Reply

    Haaa, V for vendetta :) so gooowd

  3. January 18, 2012 at 10:07 am — Reply

    Was going to click on a Comixology ad to give them some business and support MSP, but I don’t see any banners for the app.

    • January 18, 2012 at 2:09 pm — Reply

      They opted not to go the banner route and do the podcast only.

  4. GeorgeDubya
    January 18, 2012 at 12:04 pm — Reply

    I just reached the Poll of the Week segment and realized that I need to stop making my comments on Polls as two part jokes. Stephen always reads the first part and ignores the rest of it. *Sigh*

    Loved the opener today, and you guys are helping me through a hellish day of work. Thanks guys.

    • January 18, 2012 at 8:13 pm — Reply

      Stephen always reads the first part and ignores the rest of it. *Sigh*

      That’s the patented Steve No-Sell. Feel honored, he only does it when the jokes are good, in my opinion…

  5. Cal
    January 18, 2012 at 12:28 pm — Reply

    Nice to hear Comixology have sponsored you. I like it, read my first comic on there after you guys mentioned it, since reading the Beano when I was a kid. Keep up the good work people!

  6. Gammafighter
    January 19, 2012 at 8:06 pm — Reply

    This whole meatloaf rating system confuses the crap out of me. It’s just- there’s a place down the street from where I work that makes amazing meatloaf. If you guys don’t like a comic, you give it *only* two slices of meatloaf? I understand that you use meatloaf in place of stars for ratings, and I get that 2/5 isn’t a good rating, but in my mind I’m going “Dang, I would KILL for two slices of meatloaf right now.”

    • January 19, 2012 at 8:41 pm — Reply

      If you guys don’t like a comic, you give it *only* two slices of meatloaf? I understand that you use meatloaf in place of stars for ratings, and I get that 2/5 isn’t a good rating,

      2 out of 5 isn’t bad, just a little bit problematic.

      And, we’re fat, so five slices of meatloaf is (as Rodrigo would probably say) optimal.

    • January 19, 2012 at 9:30 pm — Reply

      Well see, that’s the problem. You haven’t had my mother’s meatloaf.

  7. Chad O
    January 20, 2012 at 12:38 pm — Reply

    Thanks guys. Usagi Yojimbo is a book I likely wouldn’t have been picking up. Review and discussion were excellent and I just picked up Usagi #6 for a quite reasonable $9.99 at my local comic book shop. Looking forward to finding some time over the weekend for reading it.

  8. Damascus
    January 23, 2012 at 10:22 pm — Reply

    You guys used my call, which I was kinda dreading, but it actually didn’t sound as bad as I thought it was going to be. I had just gotten off of a 12 hour shift of watching other people sleep and I felt barely conscious as I was calling. Awesome, I didn’t sound like a complete schmuck, I suppose there’s always next time though. ;)

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